Marco resident finds bridge jumper at door, alive

Marco Island police report the New York man who survived jumping off Marco's Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge in the predawn hours Tuesday morning swam out of the Marco River to this home on the 1400 block of  Butterfield Court.

Photo by KELLY FARRELL, Staff

Marco Island police report the New York man who survived jumping off Marco's Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge in the predawn hours Tuesday morning swam out of the Marco River to this home on the 1400 block of Butterfield Court.

A 35-year-old New Yorker survived an approximate 30-foot jump from Marco Island's Judge S.S. Jolley Bridge to the unusually frigid waters of the Marco River on Tuesday morning.

A 911 call from a witness reporting he saw a person jump at 2:37 a.m. led emergency responders from numerous agencies to arrive prepared to scour the river looking for the jumper. They searched to no avail until about 4 a.m., Marco Island police reported.

However, shortly after 4 a.m., another 911 call came in to dispatch. This time it was from a person staying in a waterfront home on Butterfield Court, about 1/4 mile from the bridge, reporting that a man was banging on their door. Police learned it was the missing jumper. The name of the man, from Mineola, N.Y., was not released. He had attempted suicide and no criminal investigation is necessary, reported Marco Island Police Chief Thom Carr.

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RayPray writes:

Just a visitor from the New York Polar Bear Club. Each New Year, these guys -- many soused Eastern Europeans -- head down to Coney Island or Rockaway Beach to take on the icy hibernal waters....

blogsmog writes:

did an angel named Clarence jump in right before he did?

marco826 writes:

Alcohol and a message for a girlfriend, hmm, another broken heart I'd say.

newsyoucanuse writes:

Well... this certainly is out of the ordinary.

marcogolf writes:

Probably ticked about the Jets or the Yankees.

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